The 7 Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Colorado Springs

September 3, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
Yelp

We understand the anxiety those with dietary preferences or restrictions face when traveling. When planning your trip, you may ask yourself questions like: Will there be any vegetarian restaurants? What about restaurants with vegetarian options? Will I be able to find something on the menu that I am able to eat and that I enjoy? Will those I’m with enjoy the vegetarian restaurants as well?

We see you. We hear you. We feel for you. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 7 best vegetarian restaurants in Colorado Springs (with menu deats, reviews, and more), so that you can spend less time worrying about where to eat and more time enjoying your trip to The Springs! 

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1. Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

Thoughtfully made brews and award-winning vegetarian grub.

2 East Pikes Peak Ave | Downtown | phantomcanyon.com

If you want carefully crafted brews and not-your-average-brewery-fare, you should check out Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.

Since opening in 1993, Phantom has honored the spirit of the Colorado Springs Phantom Canyon and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne Indian Tribe by dedicating themselves to providing those in Colorado Springs with the best beer, food, and hospitality they can.

It’s safe to say they have succeeded, especially by including vegan and vegetarian options on their menu so that everyone can experience the best restaurant Colorado Springs has to offer. From basics like a hummus appetizer and an Impossible Burger to a vegan shepherd's pie, Phantom has everything your veggie loving heart desires. 

“This is a great place to go to if you have a variety of appetites and most everyone will be able to find something to eat here. Prices are good, wine and beer was also good. Service was great.” - Yelp Review

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2. Rasta Pasta

Caribbean pasta that’s to die for and a name that you’ll have a little too much fun saying.

405 North Tejon St | Downtown | rastapastacs.com

Rasta Pasta’s menu boasts a fusion of Caribbean and Italian flavors with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

If you have no idea what could possibly be on the menu, let us give you an idea. Featured items include the Dreadlock Ravioli, ricotta cheese ravioli with basil, garlic, diced tomato, and green onion served in their house made marinara sauce, and the Tortellini Jamaica Mon, a fruit bearing pasta dish made with ricotta cheese filled tortellini, pineapple, bananas, grapes, and green onion simmered in a white wine sauce.

There is also a full bar stocked with Jamaican beer and rums and with local beer on tap. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the reggae music!

“I am definitely coming back here and so glad this was recommended to me since I'm new in town. The atmosphere was amazing. So glad my Saturday dinner was worth it.” - Yelp Review

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3. Adam’s Mountain Cafe

Stick to Adam’s classic recipes or explore global cuisines, both with vegan and vegetarian options.

26 Manitou Ave | Manitou Springs | adamsmountaincafe.com

With a menu intentionally designed to be vegan and vegetarian friendly, you will not feel as if your dietary needs are an afterthought at this cafe located in the vibrant neighborhood of Manitou Springs. All of their servers are knowledgeable about vegetarian and vegan diets, and they are more than happy to assist guests in navigating the menu.  

Enjoy a breakfast of Vegan Huevos Rancheros and Vegan Cinnamon Rolls, or a dinner of Midori Ramen with Sesame Crusted Tofu. And no need to skip out on dessert! Try the Vegan Orange Spice Cake, a moist vegan orange cake topped with vegan cinnamon and nutmeg spiced Anglais and sweet Cashew Cream.

“Outstanding menu, lots of variety. Obviously has a strong local following, and with good reason! The service was great, and the apple cinnamon donuts were delicious! I don't usually eat vegan, but I absolutely loved the food.” - Yelp Review

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4. Burrowing Owl 

100% vegan restaurant and bar with a cozy, community environment.

1791 South 8th Street | Broadmoor | burrowingowllounge.com

If you could eat a breakfast sammy through the screen, we would have by now. Check out this tofu, sausage, and vegan American cheese breakfast sandwich topped with a creamy raspberry maple dijonnaise and served on a toasted English muffin - available all day Saturdays and Sundays at Burrowing Owl.

Vegan brother duo Tyler and Cody simply wanted to create a cool timeless space for people to gather while saving a little bit of nature and earth along the way, and the Burrowing Owl has become exactly that. 

Begin the night with the Fun Plate, served with Miyoko’s Double Cream Chive Cheese, house smoked cheddar spread, mushroom pate, hippie loaf, jam, pickled veggies, crackers, and toast points, get sloppy with a Messy Sloppy for dinner, and finish strong and sweet with Sugar Cone Cannolis.

“It is definitely very local and eclectic. They have a welcoming atmosphere. I love love love this place! I don't think you can go wrong with any of the menu items. Everything that we have had has been so so good!” - Yelp Review

5. TAPAteria

Gluten-free Spanish tapas in a classic Barcelona setting.

2607 West Colorado Ave | Old Colorado City | tapateria.com

You don’t have to travel all the way to Spain for this authentic experience - only to Colorado Springs.

Snack on warm olives and mushroom toast as you sip on Les Volets Chardonnay, a white wine with touches of candied fruit, orange, and hazelnuts. TAPAteria is the getaway you didn’t know you needed, but one you definitely deserve. 

Make sure you check out the 2021 Paella on the Patio Schedule! This ever popular event is hosted one Sunday each month, and tickets sell out fast. For only $41 per person (not including tax and tip), you get all you can eat paella, a glass of sangria or house wine, and a salad. Go grab your ticket today!

“Great tapas and sangria, very good service. Nice covered patio, plenty of vegetarian options. Be sure to check out the saffron cake!” - Yelp Review

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6. Streetcar520

An eclectic New American eatery with exceptionally good food and vibes.

520 South Tejon St | Downtown | streetcar520.com

Positioned in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs, the building was originally built to store the streetcars that once traveled Tejon Street. Although the streetcars were decommissioned and replaced with buses in 1932, owner and operator Ari Howard put together an extensive collection of vintage photographs and rail maps to keep the building’s roots and original purpose as a core component of the concept and brand of Streetcar520.

Now, Streetcar520’s menu boasts vegetarian fare such as Falafel, Bodhi Bowl, and Southwestern Polenta Cakes.

Make sure you stop in during happy hour for 50% off select appetizers and drink specials!

“Phenomenal food! Great atmosphere! Even better staff! 10/10 would recommend! My Southwestern Polenta Cakes with a side of falafel made me want to cry, it was absolutely divine! Make the trip, it's definitely worth it!” - Yelp Review

7. Monse's Pupuseria

Salvadoran comfort food specializing in pupusas and other homemade traditional Salvadoran favorites.

115 South 25th Street | Old Colorado City | monsestasteofelsalvador.online

This pupuseria brings the taste of El Salvador to Colorado City! Here you can enjoy Salvadorian comfort food with a focus on pupusas and other homemade traditional Salvadoran favorites.

Vegetarian options include pupusas with vegan carnitas and vegan cheese filling, pinto and green chile filling, and zucchini, chile poblano, and cheese filling. You can also enjoy other starters and dishes such as loaded yuca fries and Chile Relleno with vegan meat and cheese substitutes. 

In addition to providing vegan and vegetarian options, everything is also 100% gluten-free, so it’s the perfect spot for groups with various dietary preferences.

“Yum yum yum YUM! As a gluten free gal, they have endless options. I'm pretty sure everything they have is GF (desserts included). We got some pupusas as well as some sides and it was all exceptional. Highly recommend!” - Yelp Review

There are what seems like endless options when it comes to vegetarian dining in Colorado Springs, just remember not to spend all of your time in a restaurant! From colorful views of rock formations to daring mountain treks, the vegetarian eats are just icing on the cake for all that is Colorado Springs.

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